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Out Louder

Medeski Scofield Martin & WoodAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Indirecto Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A group that effortlessly straddles the gap between avant-garde improvisation and accessible groove-based jazz, Medeski, Martin, & Wood have simultaneously earned standings as relentlessly innovative musicians and an enormously popular act. Emerging out of the New York downtown scene in the early '90s, the group soon set out on endless cross-country tours, before returning home to Manhattan to further refine their sound through myriad influential experimentations. One of the "big three" of current jazz guitarists (along with Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell), Scofield's influence grew in the '90s. Possessor of a very distinctive rock-oriented sound that is often a bit distorted, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, fusion, and soul jazz. He started on guitar while at high school in Connecticut, and from 1970-1973 Scofield studied at Berklee and played in the Boston area. After recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker at Carnegie Hall, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years.

John Scofield is an organic mood these days. On Saudades, the recent release by Trio Beyond, the guitarist hooked up with Hammond B-3 man Larry Goldings (and drummer Jack DeJohnette) to pay tribute to Tony Williams' fusion-pioneering Lifetime. Here, in the role of guest artist, he revives his partnership with organist John Medeski--and bassist Chris Wood and drummer Billy Martin, all of whom backed him on his smartly grooving 1998 effort, A Go Go. As the crunching "Miles Beyond" demonstrates, MSMW has got fusion on its mind, too. But on what may be the futuristic Medeski crew's most aggressively varied effort, they also partake of spaced-out blues jams, Beatles balladry ("Julia"), full-throttle soul, rhythmically recast reggae (Peter Tosh's "Legalize It"), New Orleans tradition ("Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing") and a Brazilian-inflected tune on which Scofield makes like Wes Montgomery. The first album to be issued on MMW's own Indirecto label, Out Louder is a consistently enjoyable world tour that has just the edge and sense of surprise that has been missing on some of Scofield's and MMW's recent albums. --Lloyd Sachs

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expected. Welcome. Worth the Wait... September 26, 2006
By Kirby
Format:Audio CD
Save the Chinese Puzzle Box packaging, this disk is just what you've probably been hoping for from this quartet since the long-ago release of A-Go-Go. From the opening track that makes you think of the Meters on HGH, to the two inspired covers that occupy the end of the disk, it does not disappoint. But what does that mean?

Well... for those familiar with (or, more precisely, in love with) such recordnings as Hand Jive, Bump, Shackman, and Friday Afternoon in the Universe, this disk is an expected and welcome new addition to the combined ouevre of these artists. To the unindoctrinated, it WILL have the same gateway drug effect on them that the afforementioned disks have had on so many of us. It's a fan-maker and a fan-pleaser.

If you're a fan, you're buying this. If you're curious, fans should urge you to buy it. Out Louder is part evolution of the out-jazz sounds these artists have cultivated in recent years, married to a big dose of the head-bobbing funk we've loved about them all along.

It is very very good.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable indeed November 3, 2006
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I'm really enjoying this album. Due to the personnel involved and some of the reviews I'd read, I was thinking it would be very similar to John Scofield's "A Go Go" but to me, it sounds and feels a lot more like "Uberjam" and "Up All Night", the two albums by the John Scofield Band (both of which I highly recommend).

I do have some issues though. Many of the songs, at just over three or four minutes, are so short they start to fade out just as I'm getting into them. I'm guessing the guys are whetting appetites for when they (will surely?) take their show on the road where they'll probably play extended versions of the songs. Some of the songs ("Miles Behind", "What Now", "Down the Tube") I just don't get. They just sound like noise to me, or like a jam session if I am to be more diplomatic. Maybe I'll get them after repeated listening.

Overall though, this is a good set of songs. Personal favourites include the opener, "Little Walter Rides Again", "Hanuman" and "Telegraph"; the sublime "Juila", a Lennon and McCartney song, is for me, worth the price of the CD all on its own; and it's great to hear a jazz version of the Peter Tosh tune, "Legalise It", which was made hugely popular back in the reggaefied 70s both by Tosh himself and the great Johnny Clarke.

Best of all? The CD digipak is made from 100% recycled material, so it's environmentally friendly too!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a worthy sequel to "A Go Go" October 4, 2006
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"Out Louder" is a return to epic groove. This is music to write home about. I have to be up-front here and confess my personal bias: I believe that "A Go Go" and the following tour was one of the all-time greatest jazz excursions. This is a worthy follow-up by the all-star group. It must have taken John Scofield a certain amount of humility to make this recording. While he's always been an accomplished guitar visionary in his own right, "A Go Go" has always been Scofield's climax. The simple fact of the matter is that "A Go Go" would never have been possible without his "back-up band" of John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood. This is clear given all of Scofield's solo attempts to replicate the results with lukewarm efforts. "Bump" and "Uberjam" are two examples. Considering this dynamic, it's only appropriate that the reunion isn't John Scofield with guests but "Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood." Regardless of who gets the main billing, the formula is the same. This is funky, rock infused jazz at its finest. Unlike on the initial release, this recording features a balance of originals and covers. 'Legalize It' may be the most unexpected rendition. Following some bombastic jams, the Beatles' 'Julia' helps the listener to catch a short breath. MMW's contribution has much of the spacey vibe as felt on their most recent outing, "End of the World Party (Just in Case)." Indeed, when compared to the original release, "Out Louder" has more of an emphasis on the psychedelic and less of a focus on the funk. "A Go Go" is tighter and has catchier melodies while this is looser and more open. Furthermore, this 2006 CD is more eclectic. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever January 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
To put it bluntly and briefly, MSMW are four of the best musicians alive today, both in the studio and on stage. This second album of the quartet will not disappoint, between full-on grooving jams and the wildly creative musical explorations in which MSMW thrive. With Scofield augmenting the already full and complete sound of Medeski, Martin and Wood, Out Louder is a natural companion and addition to A Go Go, the group's first (and also wildly successful and wonderful) effort.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some impressive highpoints October 12, 2006
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This is the belated follow-up the 1998 MMW collaboration with John Scofield, A Go-Go, and the music here is of a more collaborative nature rather than featured soloist and backing band. With a few exceptions, the music mines the same funky fusion territory with a few covers and on the two best cuts, the looming influence of John Scofield's one time boss, Miles Davis. I found that the music varied in quality, but preferred the uptempoed music, which focused the band and gave direction to their obvious talent. "Little Walter Rides Again" has a funky feel with some hip drumming and swirling organ... but if it's about Little Walter Jacobs, the bluesman, why no harmonica? "Miles Beyond" name checks Davis directly with a very cool track channeling the "dark funk" of his '73-'75 pre-retirement years. This is the best track on the disc - focused, potent and full of energy. "In Case the World Changes It's Mind" drops down into a more pedestrian funk groove. The problem with some of the more lumbering funk tunes is that they become faceless with nothing to distinguish them from other jams. "Tequila and Chocolate" takes something of a "Touch of Evil" (great Wells film) bordertown vibe. The music gets kind of swanky like Sex Mob's Sexotica experiment with Esquivel like lounge music. Scofield gets a nice solo that has a bit of a sharp Grant Green tinge to it.

"Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing" is a straight-ahead organ groover, a little goofy as can be expected with that title! "Chachaca" is another Latin sounding tune, with some nice "jazzy" soloing from Scofield, and some spacey organ fills behind. "Hanuman" has lonely bass clarinet or bari saxophone opening, giving way to a nice guitar and organ interlude.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Scofield/MMW noise
Not as good as their first collaboration on A-Go-Go but a good jam.
Published 2 months ago by J. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars love it because John Scofields plays guitar here
I bought this album becuase John Scofield plays guitar there. I love everything this guy does and trust projects he participates in. I was not disappointed this time as well. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Alexey A.
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit out there.......
I'm a fan of Scofield, I like his brand of funk and rhythm, but this album, or at least some of the tunes, are a bit over-funky. Just my opinion.
Published on October 13, 2012 by John M. Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Bestest
This was the first MM&W album I had the great joy of hearing, still my favorite, the flow is wonderful 69 69 69.... Thank You...
Published on January 26, 2012 by K. Balles
4.0 out of 5 stars ok...
Yah, ok... Like one reviewer said, "it's growing on me". MMW sure stepped away from what I know them to be. Read more
Published on May 2, 2010 by Jazz B.
5.0 out of 5 stars MSMW Genius
You can't go wrong with these guys. Scofield and MMW come together to make a brilliant ensemble. Scofield is a master that sounds great with whatever he chooses to play, but MMW... Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by K. Nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars Took some getting used to
MMW and Scofield was suggested to me by a very savvy friend. The music took a couple of listens to sink in, but yes I'm liking them more and more. Read more
Published on May 8, 2009 by R. Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars out louder
This is still experimental Jazz fusion, but something about adding Scofield to the mix tames MMW. This is not a bad thing, in fact it is brillant! Read more
Published on October 9, 2008 by Anthony Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars a worthy sequel to "A Go Go"
"Out Louder" is a return to epic groove. This is music to write home about. I have to be up-front here and confess my personal bias: I believe that "A Go Go" and the following tour... Read more
Published on July 9, 2008 by The Delite Rancher
5.0 out of 5 stars red dog
I love MMW, and with a good guitarist that obviously "gets" them, it not only makes great jazz, but fantastic jamming music. Then again, I am a big fan.
Published on June 29, 2008 by BJA
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"Pardon me Mr Sachs but what kind of " edge and sense of surprise" has been missing from any Scofield - MMW album?"

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